Kris Eastman Named President/CEO
Following a national search, the Mainstream Living Board of Directors has announced Kris Eastman as its new President and CEO. Eastman has more than 30 years with the organization. Eastman has been with Mainstream Living for 37 years, starting her career as a social work practicum student and holding a variety of leadership positions with the organization.
“After a thorough interview process, it was quite clear Kris is the right person to lead the organization into the future,” said Nathan Thompson, Mainstream Living’s board chair. “Kris's warm personality and servant leadership style coupled with her knowledge of the regulatory environment and external landscape will ensure Mainstream Living continues on a path of success. The organization is in great hands with Kris at the helm.”
“In my many years with Mainstream Living, the staff and the people we serve have become an extension of my family,” said Eastman. “I am eager to make a positive impact and continue the work of Bill Vaughn in providing excellent services. I am honored by this opportunity to serve our members and staff in this new capacity.”
Eastman has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2021. Prior to that, she held the role of Vice President of Waiver Services. In 2017, she began sharing her expertise with other organizations by becoming a certified surveyor for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Kris holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Iowa State University.
“I've always been very impressed with Kris's dedication to our members and staff,” said President/CEO Bill Vaughn who is retiring after 43 years of service. “She has been an amazing executive leader for over a decade, through many challenging times. She lives our mission, vision and values, and with her leadership Mainstream could not be in better hands. I look forward to seeing her as our new President and CEO."